39 Weeks Pregnant
This week your baby is considered full term and is just waiting to greet the outside world!
The average baby weighs 7 pounds and is 19 inches long at birth. But as you will have come to understand by now, every pregnancy and baby is different. Soon, you will know the exact size of your bundle of joy!
39 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is now considered full-term! Your baby will likely weigh somewhere between 6 to 8 pounds and will be around 19 to 21 inches long.
The layer of fat that will help control body temperature is continuing to build. The brain is still growing at an amazing rate and will continue to do so for the next three years of your child’s life.
You will soon learn that babies cry a lot. But because the tear ducts haven’t completely matured, you won’t see any tears for about the first month.
How You Are Changing
While your baby is cozy, likely in the head down position, waiting for his or her debut, you are anxious for your due date to arrive.
At your visit this week, your doctor or midwife will check your abdomen to check your growth and the baby’s position. They will likely do an internal exam to see if your cervix is effaced or dilated.
If you go passed your due date, your doctor will schedule a fetal test to monitor your baby and make sure that it is safe to continue in your pregnancy. Typically, pregnancy is induced if you don’t go into labor on your own within a week passed your due date. However, by 2 weeks out you will definitely be induced.
If at any time you feel that your baby’s movement has decreased, let your healthcare provider know. Your baby should stay active right up until delivery, any decrease in movement can indicate your baby is in distress.
Call your doctor too if your water has broken. Some women experience a gush of fluid, while others only feel a trickle or slow leak. If your water breaks but you don’t go into labor, pregnancy will be induced to prevent infection and risk to your baby.
It can be stressful dealing with family and friends that may be checking on you regularly to see if you’ve had the baby or to see how you’re doing. Try to take time for yourself, swim, take slow walks, and rest.